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Old 09-05-2007, 02:09 PM   #21
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Make sure this one has an extended warranty. Make sure the motor is covered on the warranty also. Seems that blowing up motors is not a problem for ya.
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:16 PM   #22
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I have no experinces with the rhino, but i'll tell you now the ranger SUCKS!!

Polaris has to be one of the worst manufacturers out there. Parts break all the time, you'll be replacing belts left and right. Parts are expensive, and you'll be needing parts.

We do ALOT of polaris at our store. We keep every belt in stock because we know it WILL break. We only have one tech that works on polaris because everyone else doesnt even want to look at a polaris. The one tech that does work on them, hates to. Polaris is terrible!

Good things about the Ranger? Well its big, alot of bed space that dumps. Alot of accesories available (very expenisve though). It is fun to ride and has some get up and go.

But thats just my 2 cents!
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The Polaris RZR on the other hand is bad !!!!!!!!

Except a polaris is a polaris, its going to break.. and theres already at least one recall that i know of... But they sure are fast!
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I have no experinces with the rhino, but i'll tell you now the ranger SUCKS!!

Polaris has to be one of the worst manufacturers out there. Parts break all the time, you'll be replacing belts left and right. Parts are expensive, and you'll be needing parts.

We do ALOT of polaris at our store. We keep every belt in stock because we know it WILL break. We only have one tech that works on polaris because everyone else doesnt even want to look at a polaris. The one tech that does work on them, hates to. Polaris is terrible!

Good things about the Ranger? Well its big, alot of bed space that dumps. Alot of accesories available (very expenisve though). It is fun to ride and has some get up and go.

But thats just my 2 cents!
Wow! What shop are you at? Thanks for the input. I can't have it breaking down on my crew while in the field. Don't want to leave them stranded or lose money because they can't do thier job because it's broken down.
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I don't have any experience with any of these, but my brother-in-law works on these things. We had this conversation this weekend, the only one he said was worth anything was the rhino. He is a john deer mechanic. Don't know if that helps, but that is his professional opinion.
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They actually have side by side racing.

Heres a link I found to a side by side racing forum. Maybe you could find a little insight there.

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Wow! What shop are you at? Thanks for the input. I can't have it breaking down on my crew while in the field. Don't want to leave them stranded or lose money because they can't do thier job because it's broken down.
I work at Pasadena Honda and Polaris... If you do decide to get a polaris, I can hook you up on polaris parts..

Although, I wouldnt recommend a polaris to anyone. If honda made some sort of mule it would be the !

I would recommend a Ranger if its never going to be in mud where 4x4 isnt necessary. It does OKAY on level dry ground...

Put that thing in the mud, water easily gets into the drive clutch because of a foam like seal. Belts start slipping, cracking and breaking.

Some food for thought..
Our owner owns all 3 yamahas in South Houston, and owns us (honda/polaris). When they first took over he bought a ranger, every it being in the shop numerous times for belts and motor mounts, he decided to get rid of it because of the hassle.

5 months later, he bought another ranger again. Seeing how he can easily choose from the Ranger and the Rhino, he chose the ranger twice even after the 1st one gave him . Like i said, i dont know much about the rhino, but if you can deal with having to get the ranger repaired every now and then MAYBE it is a better machine? Who knows...
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those are bad !!! I have to have one of those!
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I completely apologize. I was running out the door when I was posting in this thread and was thinking of "Rhinos" as Ranger RZRs. Check out the RZRs....thats what I was describing the whole time not the Rhino. New for 2008. It is the best built UTV IMO. It's bucket does't dump or hold as much room. The belts on those are inclosed and won't break.

I got mixed up. I'm sorry. I've worked sells at WoodsFunCenter selling every Powersport / UTV and the RZRs are the shiz. Unless you want that mini truck haha.

Oh yeah Rhino's suck!
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they make a supercharger and long travel for the rhino... that alone would sell me. but for hauling stuff, my old boss had a 6x6 dump bed, diesel it was pretty nice for him being drunk and flipping it a couple times
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Old 09-05-2007, 05:35 PM   #32
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We've got a Kabota out at work and it has never given us any trouble, and It will go through some nasty shiot, a little more expensive but me thinks it's worth it
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i have 4 friends that own rinos & 2 that has rangers the rangers are faster but rino has more mods .the only down fall on the rino is the belts break when you hold them wot for along time and they lock up and flip when this happens and is very dangerous but other than that the rino is by far the better one i have had a lot of time on both cause . i hunt with these guys and the ranger is to wide for trails.
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate all of your comments.
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for what you want, the ranger is key, especially the FI models(500 or700). Highest ground clearance, highest tow rating, highest HP rating, higher top speed(from the XP model), more work related accessories, etc.
I would check to see what manufacturer has specials on financing or warranty and go from there.

and robert, you work for a bike shop, you should know that replacing a stock belt with a stock belt is a waste of time. purchase a carlisle UTV belt and it's guaranteed for 2 years. Educate your parts staff and your customers, and you'll have more happy customers.
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for what you want, the ranger is key, especially the FI models(500 or700). Highest ground clearance, highest tow rating, highest HP rating, higher top speed(from the XP model), more work related accessories, etc.
I would check to see what manufacturer has specials on financing or warranty and go from there.

and robert, you work for a bike shop, you should know that replacing a stock belt with a stock belt is a waste of time. purchase a carlisle UTV belt and it's guaranteed for 2 years. Educate your parts staff and your customers, and you'll have more happy customers.


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replacing a stock belt with a stock belt is a waste of time. purchase a carlisle UTV belt and it's guaranteed for 2 years.
Well said, OEM parts are ridiculously expensive especially compared to better quality aftermarket.

FWIW.... I have noticed the potmetal construction of critical frame/suspension parts on all Yamaha atv's & have been very disappointed.
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Well said, OEM parts are ridiculously expensive especially compared to better quality aftermarket.

FWIW.... I have noticed the potmetal construction of critical frame/suspension parts on all Yamaha atv's & have been very disappointed.
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